Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 3 - Wicklow Way - To Glendalough

The forests of this country are magical with trees looking like they could come alive as happens in animated features, and today was a walk primarily through forests.  Green beyond description with frequent brooks and pine needle paths, the forests are a place of serenity.  The walk to Glendalough (pronounced Glendalock and meaning valley of two lakes) was comparatively short (about 4 hours) so I arrived early afternoon with lots of time to explore.  This is a glacial valley where an early medieval monastic city was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin where it was renowned for its manuscript writing and had workshops, farming, an infirmary, all for both the monks and lay population.

I am again staying in a hostel, but one busier than the last where I only shared a large room with one other woman.  Apparently that hostel is popular with people from Dublin who come and stay a few days (all ages including families) so they can do some of the many hikes in the area.  This one is pretty full so sleep is less assured.  Tomorrow is another comparatively reasonable distance and I have been told that on Day 4 the pain is gone.

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